If you’re afraid to get started because it seems like so much work, try doing fewer tasks at a time. When you take small steps to declutter and organize your home, you can conquer the task much more easily.
Today I want to share some rather genius decluttering hacks so you can keep your kitchen actually organized and clean.
21 Mind Blowing Decluttering Hacks For Your Kitchen!
The First Of Decluttering Hacks; Divide Things Up
Tackle only one room at a time. This will make your task appear much less daunting. Avoid moving on to the next room until you’ve completed the last one.
Treat every item in your home the way you’d treat a fork
Just think, if you find a fork in the bathroom, you know it doesn’t go there.
You know it goes in the cutlery drawer. Translated? Everything has somewhere to go. So pick a place for everything and put everything in its place!
Choose your starting point!
Select a room that you can tackle in a day, rather than the most challenging one in the house. Once you’ve chosen your room, start early so you have as many daylight hours as possible to work on your cleaning and decluttering.
Clean as you declutter
Combine your decluttering efforts with cleaning. Something that I noticed recently, is that the more there is on the shelf, the more difficult it is to dust. Now, I have a box for donations and while I clean, I declutter as I go.
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Starting To Sort Your Clutter
Go through everything in your starting room and sort out items you no longer want. Everything that you touch in the room should go into one of four categories:
- Things you want to throw away things you want to donate or sell
- Items that should remain where they are
- The stuff that you want to keep but are in the wrong room.
Use this sorting principle for every item in the room.
When you’re finished, you should have four distinctive piles or areas in the room. Each item in the room will be in one of the four piles.
Simply taking all the “throw away” stuff out of the room is going to make a very large dent. Keep in mind that personal paperwork should be shredded rather than simply put into the recycling.
Also remember that THERE IS NO SUCH PLACE AS “AWAY”.
When you throw things in the trash, they end up in a landfill. So, take the time to care for the planet as you are doing with your home and recycle or donate.
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Make kitchen organizers work for you
Kitchen organizers shouldn’t just serve one purpose. If you’re using baskets or organizers, ensure that they are multi purpose.
You can use baskets in the fridge to group items together and find them easily. Not only that, but you can colour code the baskets if you have anyone with food allergies and need to store food separately.
Organize your entire freezer! How is this a decluttering hack? Well, knowing EXACTLY where and what everything is, means you are less likely to waste food or need to throw anything.
I think I need to get some freezer-safe glass containers like these ones and use my Brother colour label printer to make labels!
Use Zones To Organize Your Pantry
Again, if you are able to locate everything and can easily see when already have something, to avoid purchasing duplicates. This can lead to less waste and less clutter.
Use small plastic baskets to clean up your cutlery drawer
If you can’t afford to use this type of fancy clear basket you can always….
Divide drawers with the use of empty cereal boxes
Start saving cereal boxes to use inside your drawers. By cutting the edges into various lengths, cover them with colorful paper and use them to divide spaces inside your drawer.
Store Cleaning Supplies In A Hanging Shoe Organizers
Hang the shoe organizer in your cleaning closet, laundry cupboard or wherever you can easily access it when you need to clean the house.
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Use Velcro To Keep Appliance Cables Tidy
Any appliance cords are going to be annoying. Unless you’re able to bundle them and store them out of sight completely, you’re going to be annoyed be cables!
Hang Your Mugs from Hooks
If you have an addiction to buying beautiful mugs, you may need a little more cabinet space. Instantly add cabinet space by hanging mugs from hooks.
My dad has done this all of my life and it’s one of my favourite kitchen hacks ever!
Use Tension Rods To Store Baking Sheets
Being able to see what you need and access it easily is EXACTLY what you want from every kitchen cabinet or counter.
Not only that, but you also want it to look tidy and uncluttered. Therefore, using tension rods is an ideal solution for you!
Make A DIY Lazy Susan Organizer For Condiments
This has to be the easiest DIY I’ve ever seen. Use this hack by getting two cake pans and adding a layer of marbles in between! Ta Done!
Store Cutting Boards On The Back Of A Cabinet Door
By storing your cutting boards on the back of cabinet doors, you are saving SO MUCH space!
Put Shelves Above Your Door frame
Have you ever seen a home with a shelf above the door frame? Some rooms can MAKE IT WORK. If you have a galley kitchen then it could work really well! By adding shelves above the door you are adding more storage space.
Clear Counter Space With a Hanging Pot Rack
Saucepans and frying pans take up a huge amount of space in the kitchen. To reclaim some of that space, install a wall mounted rack instead. This will clear up a huge amount of space and it will make it way easier to locate items! This one is my favourite!
Declutter Your Kitchen Counters By Using a Hanging Rack For Kitchen Utensils
One easy solution to make cleaning your kitchen counters a breeze, is to take those utensils and hang them from a wall mounted rack. Thanks for the idea Ikea!
Store Recycling Bins Under Your Kitchen Cabinets
There are few things less attractive than boxes full of recycling taking over the kitchen. To effectively hide it, get yourself a set of these roll out bins that can be installed under kitchen cabinets.
Once you’ve finished organizing your house, take a few minutes each day to ensure everything you’ve used during the day is back in place so you can continue to enjoy your “new” clutter-free home.
Big tasks can seem overwhelming. Break your decluttering challenge into smaller increments and before you know it, your house will be clean and organized!